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Michael L. Brea, who has appeared on episodes of Ugly Betty and in Step-Up 3D, brutally murdered his mother with a Samurai sword while screaming biblical passages, police confirm.
Police were called to Brea’s Brooklyn, New York apartment after neighbors heard screaming around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.
“I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he’s just saying a bunch of [Bible] passages like, ‘Repent, Repent, Repent,'” neighbor Gregory Clare told local television station WPIX 11 News. “I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream and so I have my father call the cops, call 911.”
Brea, who also appeared in Coke commercials, had decapitated and stabbed his mother, 55-year-old Yannick, multiple times. Police said he was emotionally disturbed and they had to taser him to subdue him. They described the apartment as “extremely bloody.” He was taken to Kings County Hospital with a police guard.
NYPD spokeswoman Officer Doris Otero tells The Hollywood Reporter, “They found a black female, Yannick, with multiple stab wounds on her body. EMS pronounced her DOA.”
“I had just dozed off to go to sleep and then I woke up to somebody screaming,” said Bernard Bent, another resident. “It sounded like a lady’s voice and after a while I just didn’t hear the woman’s voice again.”
Brea, who was described by neighbors as “quiet,” was into martial arts. He has a twin brother, and also owned a Subway restaurant shop, giving away 300 sandwiches for free on Thanksgiving in 2008.
“I remember growing up and my mother was always feeding people who were less fortunate,” Brea once told Haitian movie site BelFim.com. “My parents raised me to always share and to give charity in the name of God.”
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